2018 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

189.95 156.98
Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery La Jota
Year 2018
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2050
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A century after the Star's report, in 1983, the Howell Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) became one of Napa Valley's first official sub-designations. Where rivers, creeks, and property lines commonly define an AVA, Howell Mountain's boundaries are defined by a 1,400-foot elevation as the lowest point and the highest vineyards at 2,500 feet above sea level. The vines share the mountain with pine, oak, madron, and coast redwoods.

"If any grape growing region in California deserves to be called a well-defined district, it is Howell Mountain."
The 2018 Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot which was aged for 22 months in oak barrels, of which 84% is new oak. Colored deep garnet purple, it explodes from the glass with a pallet of blackcurrant, black cherry plus underlying hints of violet, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm structure of firm, grainy tannins and tons of freshness, with a long and fragrant finish. This 2018 vintage continues the legacy of a true deep Cabernet grown on the wooded slopes of Howell Mountain. Unique in its kind.


La Jota Vineyard Co. was founded in 1898 by Frederick Hess, an immigrant from Switzerland, who founded a German-language newspaper in San Francisco. Undoubtedly influenced by other European immigrants involved in California's burgeoning wine industry, Hess purchased 327 acres of a Mexican land grant — Rancho La Jota — on Howell Mountain to plant vineyards. He built the stone winery from volcanic ash rock mined on the property; his first fermentation tanks also came from the estate, from a stand of nearby coastal redwoods. The rocky, shallow soils, abundance of wind and fog, and remoteness of Howell Mountain terroir were reminiscent of Europe where some of the best wines in the world were produced. Read more under the tab: Winery

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Type of Wine Red
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery La Jota
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2018
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2050
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 97
James Suckling rating 96
Tasting Profiles Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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